Our Educational Philosophy
Grounded in a fundamental belief in the pursuit of truth, a primary concern of Grace Christian University is to cultivate a learning environment that encourages participation, freedom of thought, open questions and the free exchange of ideas for every individual. This openness arises from a threefold conviction:
1. that truth is to be found in the person of Jesus Christ, who is himself the Truth (John 14:6)
2. that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore God’s truth revealed (John 17:17, Psalm 119:60)
3. that truth is coherent because God is the author of truth (e.g., “all truth is God’s truth”)
In this pursuit of truth, the faculty of the University is committed to the holistic personal growth of each student in his or her intellectual, moral, and spiritual capacities, and as an expression of each student’s God-given identity, mission, and purpose.
In alignment with the mission, vision, and values of the University, the faculty affirm:
Historic Purpose and Distinctive Theological Perspective
Belief in the inspired and authoritative Word of God has been fundamental to the University since its founding as Milwaukee Bible Institute in 1939. Its distinct theological perspective of Pauline dispensational theology continues to guide biblical and theological instruction as the faculty train 21st-century leaders for Christian service in a range of vocational contexts. In all cases, the faculty seek to model and extend practical dimensions of this Grace theology, including but not limited to: mercy, kindness, forgiveness, inclusion, humility, and service.
Bible-Focused Curriculum and Instruction
The University’s unwavering commitment to the authority of the Bible is reflected in and through an integrated biblical perspective in all classes. This includes the integration of biblical knowledge (Old and New Testaments, Christian Worldview) and other academic knowledge (general and disciplinespecific education). Students are encouraged to develop a framework for personal and professional decision making that correlates with the truth of God’s Word.
Career-Oriented Student Body
Recognizing the diversity of the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12), the faculty support on campus, online, and graduate students in the pursuit of their unique career callings and vocations. Whenever possible, students will be given opportunities for practical learning experiences that will equip and enhance them with knowledge and skills that prepare them for viable careers in a competitive job market. Faculty will continually evaluate degree programs and instructional methods to ensure that the education offered by the University is practical and relevant in preparing students to serve Christ in Church and society.
Commitment to Transformational Relationships
As a community of lifelong learners, the Faculty seeks to develop life-changing learning environments and experiences for students, both inside and outside of the classroom. They value students’ personal and professional development, and are committed to guiding them through the educational process through life-on-life mentoring relationships, career counseling, and personal and spiritual guidance. The commitment to transformational relationship includes awareness of and commitment to cultural intelligence, diversity, inclusion of underrepresented and under-served communities of students.